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Tipsy SalonBar owner takes nail hygiene seriously

As I ent20160130_120133ered Tipsy’s newest Salon Bar, located in Boynton Beach where the former Yossi Salon used to be, I thought for a second I might have arrived at the wrong destination. As I looked around at the chic, and highly modern décor I did a double-take and suddenly realized the individuals enjoying libations at the bar were actually also getting their nails done or hair colored. The environment may look like a trendy South Beach Night Club  but getting you “tipsy” is definitely not what Tipsy Salonbar and Lounge is solely about.

There menu lists out options of wine from $7 to $10, Beer starts at $4 and then they have other cocktails like their signature Lychee Mimosa or Prosecco. For those looking for alternatives to alcohol they also offer non alcoholic beverages such as Green Tea, Coffee, Water and OJ. Drink up at the bar, all while you enjoy a full service salon and spa offering hair cuts, hair color, manis, pedis, facials, waxing and massage.

I really love Tipsy’s concept of a bar lounge and salon/spa all-in- one. The environment truly lends itself to bridal parties, birthday parties, a date night out, and girls outings. 20160130_120227Getting pampered plus sipping on a cocktail in the process is definitely an ideal match.

But the one thing that really stood out to me besides the pristine, modern décor, the highly professional Nail Technician, the vast selection of nail colors and the comfy furnishings was the fact that Founder, Beth Nguyen takes the nail biz and her clientele’s health so seriously.

If a salon does not take precautions in regards to cleanliness and sanitation, your dreamy day of pampering could potentially become your worst nightmare. For those who are not aware, tools like nail files and nail clippers, can spread fungal infections from person-to-person if they’re not sanitized. With a past experience as a medical doctor, Beth  goes the extra mile to insure all her guests the absolute highlest level of sanitation.  All tools, between clients, are treated to the degree that surgical tools are handled with an autoclave machi20160130_120327ne she has invested in. Liners are used at the pedicure stations and discarded after each use.

Tipsy SalonBar is located in Boynton Beach on the corner of Congress Avenue and Gateway Blvd.

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April 1, 2016 · 1:07 pm

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Orlando, Grande Lakes caters to men & women

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This past week, while visiting the Orlando area, I had the opportunity to visit the Ritz-Carlton Spa. What was very special about the experience was having the chance to bring somebody with me, my husband, David. What I found is men enjoy  the experience of a spa just as much, if not more than woman do.

The Spa: The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Orlando, Grande Lakes is a tri-level haven, located on the expansive acreage of the Grande Lakes property in Orlando, Florida.  The perfect retreat for both men and women alike, the property houses both the Ritz-Carlton and the JW Marriott. It was clear to me that the Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando Grande Lakes is everything you could ask for in a spa.

The first floor of the stand alone spa campus houses a fitness room, with a thorough selection of nautilus and cardiovascular equipment, in addition to weights, to keep your body in tip-top shape. Spa guests will also find the Spa Vitale Café, offering up a menu of everything from smoothies, fresh fruit juices, salads, wraps, and even a sirloin burger to choose from.

On the second floor, there are separate facilities that cater to men and women, privately and exclusively. Men can enjoy a big screen TV while they wait for their service. Women get ready in their own secluded area as well. Then on the third floor, there are treatment rooms and a scrub bar where spa guests can customize their own personalized exfoliating process. Plus there is a large co-ed lounge where men and women can join together to relax before or after their treatment.

Treatment: We both experienced the East Indian Lime Scalp and Body Treatment. It’s a signature treatment for the spa, where you get an exotic, full body massage that uses a unique blend of avocado, macadamia, and hazelnut oils blended with wild lime blossom, ginger, and sandalwood. The oil is warmed, and for around 20 minutes, it’s applied to the scalp and hairline. Moving down to the neck, shoulders, arms and legs, the same oil is thoroughly massaged into the body. Hot packs and use of warmed towels enhance the blissful experience.

His Experience: David said “Cindy, the Massage Therapist was unbelievably informative and helpful.” He had expressed to the therapist his lower back issues and appreciated her insight and wealth of knowledge. The scalp massage focused on every part of
the scalp and according to him, “no part of his scalp was left untouched, even down to specific pressure points down the neck located by the ears.” He said “the oils she used for the scalp treatment and massage was relaxing and featured the enjoyable scents of ginger and lime.” In conclusion, he states “This massage was very precise. Cindy took a lot of time in certain areas that needed more attention. Not only was this one of the most relaxing massages but she absolutely used the perfect amount of pressure to heal my areas of pain.”

Her Experience: I especially enjoyed the warm oil being poured along my hairline and being worked into my long hair and scalp. The treatment at 80 minutes really allowed me to thoroughly relax and recharge my tired, achy muscles during the body massage. Massage Therapist Michelle, took her time to work on all my body parts, including the backs of my arms. She varied pressures throughout the massage based on the body parts and my concern areas. She paid special consideration to my feet and neck area based upon my initial consultation at the beginning of the session, which was appreciated.  The finale of the treatment was a hot towel to the back and feet along with an application of yoga balm to release muscle tension. This spa visit was completely therapeutic for me. My body was full of aches and pains from walking miles the day before and after the massage I felt like that tension has gently been released from my muscles. And as an added bonus, the oil left my hair looking glossy and rich as it acted as a deep conditioning treatment.

Our Experience:
A visit to the co-ed lounge’s cozy sofa after the treatment for a cuddle was delightful after our 80 minutes of bliss. It was great to meet up to discuss how much we enjoyed our separate experiences. Our massages had worked up our appetites so we met in the café for a healthy bite to eat. David enjoyed a roasted eggplant and Portobello mushroom sandwich while I had the Grilled Chicken
Salad wrap. As usual the service was impeccable. Then off for a dip in the infinity edge pool, which was a serene escape from the craziness of the theme parks visited earlier in the week.

The spa pool,  made for a heavenly place to enjoy the sun and has a stunning view of vast green vistas and lakes in the distance. Sun drenched and thirsty, we sipped fresh smoothies and were ready for even more recharge. We decided to spend some down time in the sauna and steam room of our respective private locker rooms next, before rinsing off, getting dressed, and heading out.

We wished our spa day did not have to come to an end and look forward to future visits to the irresistible Ritz-Carlton Spa Orlando. The view, the service, and the décor, was nothing less than heavenly from both a man and a woman’s point of view. Visit their website to learn more.

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Voyage of the Si at SiSpa Marriot Palm Beach Singer Island

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To celebrate my birthday I headed over to the SiSpa at the Marriott Palm Beach Singer Island resort to enjoy their signature massage treatment called Voyage of the Si. Upon entering the Sargasso treatment suite named after the Mediterranean Sea, Shaundra my world class,  Massage Therapist introduced me to a variety of Zents oils to choose from. Out of a variety of choices, I decided on Mandarin hoping its citrus scent would uplift and invigorate my tired body.

The massage started face up and Shaundra used the Zents Scrub scented with Mandarin oil, my scent of choice. The scrub is a mixture of sugar, salt and shea butter so that it exfoliates and moisturizes the skin at the same time. She gently applied the scrub to my hands and fingers and then feet and toes in massaging gentle motion. Using heated  towels the scrub was then gently removed. Next, Shaundra worked on massaging the arms, legs and shoulders using long soothing swedish massage strokes and the Zents Mandarin scented oil. 

Shaundra then asked me to turn facing down. Now at another level of consciousness, I flipped over exposing my back and the massage continued with hot massage stones placed gently on each of my hands and feet after they were carefully massaged. Shaundra then wrapped my hands and feet in towels and massaged my back, shoulders, and legs.

With the Voyage of the Si massage no part of your body will feel neglected. From your scalp and head down to your shoulders, to your back all the way down to your toes, the massage therapist will lead you on the ultimate journey to blissful relaxation. Every minute of the 110 minutes feels like heaven. The combination of an immaculate, modernistic spa environment, top notch massage therapist and superb products makes for a first class, luxury experience all the way!    

About SiSpa at the Palm Beach Marriott Resort Singer Island:

SiSpa guests can enjoy a wide range of first class resort amenities such as an outdoor jacuzzi, state of the art fitness room, infinity pool, Ocean Grille with gorgeous ocean views and patio seating and of course one of the most gorgeous beaches on Singer Island. In addition there are private relaxation rooms for men and for women, a Vichy shower, steam room and warm tile loungers that guests can enjoy before or after your treatment.

To learn more about the Voyage of the Si or to book an appointment at SiSpa call 561-340-1755. The Voyage of the Si Massage is on special during Spafinder Wellness Week from March 21st through March 27th for just $107 (half off  the retail price of $215). Please note: that does not include the 20% gratuity. Plus don’t forget to take advantage of all the first class amenities that the resort has to offer.

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Face to face with Facial Specialist Lisa Hunter

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After years of working in a holistic medical environment, Lisa Hunter, Facial Specialist and Licensed Esthetician is now offering her services in the comfort and privacy of your very own home. The best news about this is you can now receive her services at a fraction of the cost.

After years of experience and experimentation with her own skin she has perfected a skincare treatment that virtually combines three services in one for optimum results in just five steps.

What you can expect:

1)      Step One- Lisa will review your skin care history and concerns before deciding on a treatment plan that will work best to suit your individual needs.

2)      Step Two- Lisa cleanses and tones the skin on the face and neck area using Lisa’s preference of the finest line of holistic products. This phase dissolves dirt and oil.

3)      Step Three -A Resurfacing Facial Treatment is performed next. This is a non-invasive procedure which increases blood flow and encourages new cell growth while skin becomes noticeably smoother, firmer, and more vibrant immediately. The tool Lisa uses lightly “sands” away the top layer of your skin so that the products she uses on you during the treatment in addition to your products at home will absorb into the skin. This will rid your complexion of dullness.

4)      Step Four-A very light anti-aging chemical peel which involves the application of a solution to the entire face. Your skin will feel a slight tingle effect or sting and days later you will notice the skin’s top layers will begin to peel revealing a layer of brand new fresh skin beneath.

5)      Step Five- Lisa thoroughly rehydrates your face and neck area with a hydrating mask that she allows to permeate skin for about ten minutes. Followed by a serum that she gently massages into the skin and lastly a sunscreen.

Lisa uses the same winning combination of treatments on her own skin. She explained to me that she took a personal interest in skin care because when she was pregnant she suffered from severe and unsightly Melasma, a common condition where dark brown spots or patches appear on the face. She spent lots of time researching how to eliminate Melasma and now wants to help other women or men with their skincare concerns by sharing her findings with you.

Important things to consider:

  • Treatments like this at local spas cost double and triple the cost per treatment. Lisa’s winning combination comes to you at a mere fraction of the costs it normally would.
  • Lisa offers three services in one visit for rapid and transforming results
  • To maintain results or to rid your skin of dark spots, fine lines, wrinkles, Melasma or other skincare issues regular treatments of at least one per month are highly recommended.
  • Anti-aging peels like the one that Lisa administers may cause slight dryness or peeling 3-4 days after your treatment to reveal rejuvenated and refreshed skin beneath. Do not schedule a service like this the week of a special event or banquet.
  • On the other hand, want to look your absolute best for that special event or occassion. Just let Lisa know and she will rejuvenate and refresh your skin, help with fine lines, sun damage, and dull/dry complexion.

What clients are saying about Lisa Hunter, Facial Specialist:

“After my treatment with Lisa, my skin immediately felt firmer, smoother to touch and the enlarged pores in my t-zone area were diminished. There were definitely immediate results and my complexion appeared noticeably radiant.”

Karen Cantor

”My facial was very tranquil… Lisa’s magical hands are very comforting and soothing. My skin never looked or felt better. The product she used are great for my skin. Lisa is a natural talent!”

Isabella Aronov Mushiev

It has been my divine pleasure to be the recipient of “The Ultimate Facial” given by Lisa Hunter. It is evident that she loves what she does, because she does it so well from start to finish. I have had the microdermabrasion/chemical peel facial twice in the last couple of months and my skin looks radiant…many people comment that my skin looks beautiful and I look so young…that is thanks to Miss Lisa. I would highly recommend her services to everyone!”

Margaret LaRocca

If you want to reduce or eliminate the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and uneven pigmentation, or if you simply want to rejuvenate your skin, Lisa Hunter has the solution for you.  To contact Lisa Hunter or learn more email her at Lisamarie_hunter@yahoo.com

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The Youth Revelation Facial at the Spa at PGA National Resort

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The Spa at PGA National Resort recently added a variety of services to their spa menu featuring the Phytomer line of products. According to the Spa at PGA’s Aesthetician, Gulnur, natural resources from the Mediterranean Sea like algae and seaweed are used to create these top of the line marine based products. Gulnur enthusiastically explained that the various kinds of seaweed and algae offer up some stupendous results like skin rejuvenation, firming, tightening and softening of the skin in addition to detoxification as well.

The Spa at PGA

I had the pleasure of  enjoying a treatment administered by an Aesthetician named Gulnur called The Youth Revelation Facial with Back Treatment. Gulnur spoke very passionately about the Phytomer product line and her passion for skincare really shined through. She was truly a pro at what she does.

Highlights of the Youth Revelation Facial with Back Treatment included:

  • A back treatment to start – a seaweed mixture was applied to a plastic layer that was on the massage bed. Then a layer of gauze between me and the mixture. This mixture behind my back was heated and had a bubbling sensation down my spine like nothing I have experienced before. This sensation lasted  for at least the first 20 minutes of my facial.
  • Double the cleansing steps: Gulnur manually massaged my face and decollete with a milky cleanser first. Then she used the Clarisonic cleansing brush system to apply a gel cleanser giving me a pleasant facial massage with the brush.
  • Double the exfoliating treatment applications – Gulnur used a resurfacing exfoliant that has 3 different sized grains in it to exfoliate the different layers of dry skin from largest to smallest.  Then she used an Enzymatic Exfoliant that is made with Red Algae. Red Algae increases circulation in the face, leaving me with a  radiant appearance.
  • Double the masks – Gulnur gently painted on a rebalancing Self Heating Mask  made from freeze dried Laminaria,  a brown seaweed rich in vitamins. It was applied to gauze on my face and then similiar to a body wrap a layer of foil was applied to retain heat.  This was meant to detoxify the skin while also hydrating at the same time. The second mask was a smoothing mask which offers you an instant “face lift” since it actual plasticizes on the face. Gulnur was able to remove this mask all in one lift! 
  • Double the results– this facial not only cleanses the skin thoroughly but it helps with cell regeneration and detoxification of the skin at the same time.

Things you should know about the Youth Revelation Facial:

  •  While the benefits of this facial offer instant gratification leaving you with a radiant,smooth, lifted and detoxified complexion extractions are not part of this facial.
  • There is a slightly unpleasant odor to this treatment as the products are all directly from the sea they also smell like they are directly from the sea. The odor was slightly fishy but absolutely bearable once you see the results. Plus the top notch Aestheticians do everything to make the experience comfortable and enjoyable for you during your treatment.
  • An exciting benefit for all Spa at PGA National guests is access to the Waters of the World where you can enjoy three different pools and an infinity style outdoor jacuzzi before or after your treatment. Or sunbathe on a comfy lounge chair while sipping on smoothies and dining on healthy spa cuisine.

To learn more about the Phytomer services now available at the Spa at PGA National Resort  or to take an exotic dip in the Waters of the World call  800-533-9397 to book an appointment.



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A couples retreat at SiSpa located at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort

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After a hectic work week for both myself and my husband, we both could not think of a better way to enjoy our day off but to treat ourselves to a Couples Retreat in honor of this upcoming Valentine’s Day. The day could not have come sooner for our appointment and every minute of it was as heavenly as it was anticipated to be.

Today was our day to enjoy the Couple’s Retreat Valentine’s Day special at the SiSpa located at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort.  The Couple’s Retreat takes place in the cozy, luxuriously modern couple’s treatment suite equipped with a sitting area and two massage beds side-by-side. To start, our his and hers world class licensed massage therapists invited us to choose from a variety of Zents brand aromatherapy body oils. I chose SUN which is warm and sensuous scent with hints of vanilla, sweet orange, grapefruit and sandlewood. My husband was looking for something more invigorating and chose OOLONG with hints of lavender, lime blossom and ylang ylang scents. After our selections were made Monika and Nikolai, our designated Massage Therapists team left the room to give us some privacy while disrobing.

The ambience of the room was perfect. Candelight, warm beds, low lighting and subtle relaxing music in the distance. Nikolai and Monika asked us our massage preferences beforehand. Time went by quickly while we each relished in blissful swedish massages from head-to-toe.

The finale to our massages was a chocolate exfoliating treatment for both the hands and then the feet using a warm chocolate exfoliating scrub. The scrub was slowly and gently massaged on and then removed with a warm, soft cloth leaving our hands and feet soft and smelling luscious. 

While the scent of chocolate lingered, and just when I thought it does not get better than this, a tray of chocolate- covered strawberries and champagne for two was presented to us in the sitting area. Nikolai and Monika encouraged us to enjoy some alone time now and left the room while David and I celebrated with a champagne toast.  We topped off our SiSpa experience with a kiss while noshing on irresistible chocolate-covered strawberries. David says, ” the Couple Retreat is definitely pure pleasure that brings couples closer together” and I would definitely have to agree.

About SiSpa at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island:

SiSpa guests can enjoy a wide range of first class resort amenities such as an outdoor jacuzzi, state of the art fitness room, infinity pool, Ocean Grille with gorgeous ocean views and patio seating and of course one of the most gorgeous beaches on Singer Island. In addition there are private relaxation rooms for men and for women, a vichy shower, steam room and warm tile loungers that guests can enjoy before or after your treatment.

 To learn more about the Valentine’s Day Couples Retreat available now through February or to book an appointment at SiSpa call 561.340-1755.The Valentine’s Day Couple’s Retreat spa package is $250 and that is inclusive of  the 20% gratuity and access to all the resort amenities. Be sure to mention Lady Spa Spa to take advantage of special pricing.

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Lady Spa Spa’s Favorite Things for 2010

As 2010 comes to an end and I ring in the new year, I would like to reminisce about all the amazing discoveries and experiences Lady Spa Spa was lucky enough to enjoy!  Cheers to an amazing 2010 and a spa-tacular 2011! 

1) Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne Unity Massage–  a unique experience for two where you and your partner can learn personally from a massage expert.  Me and my husband loved this treatment! A perfect bonding experience for two! Appropriate for honeymooners, as an amazing Valentine’s Day gift or for two lovers that can’t get enough of each other. I fell in love with it and you will too!

2) Eau Spa, Ritz-Carlton Palm Beach – Looking for a dreamy spa experience customized just for you? The Eau Spa is where it is at!  Between the Self Centered Garden, The Eau Zone Relaxation Room, the Bath Lounge, the whimsical decor, the mini chocolate cupcakes, the Scrub Bar and the Moonlight parties, need I say more? It is a fantasy land for spa lovers like me.

3) Si Spa at The Marriott Palm Beach Singer Island Resort – There is no place like here! Eat lunch poolside with a beach view, hang out at the lagoon style pool and then get pampered at Si Spa with high quality treatments using top notch products. This is a resort getaway retreat for the day for a reasonable cost that averages about $110 per hour long treatment. You just cannot beat it!

4)  Tipsy’s Spa and Salon – Looking for a chance to catch up with the girls but need to fit in some beauty time too? No need to choose.  Head to Tipsy’s Spa and Salon to enjoy cocktails and a spa service. Only this spa doubles a as a full bar and lounge with disco style music and large screen televisons that deck the walls. It is an experience you have to try at least once amongst friends.

5) The Lane Spa Signature Facial and Signature Massage – Both signature treatments at the Lane Spa make my list! I think honestly I can say in all these years I had my best facial and best massage there to date! The cozy spa nestled in the heart of Palm Beach Gardens offers up every beauty service imagineable and to perfection. If you need a top of the line facial or massage, without all the extras, head to the Lane Spa and get what you paid for. They have an amazing experienced staff and friendly environment. You will be in good hands at the Lane Spa.

6) The Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach – The service is impeccable at the Spa at the Four Seasons Resort. You will be treated like royalty when you visit this spa. The spa is like a marble palace. Everything is white marble from the floors to the walls. It is immaculate and the service there is five star all the way.

Lady Spa Spa looks forward to an amazing new year in 2011! And remember, you only live once and you deserve to be pampered!  Make sure your resolution in 2011 is to treat yourself to spa treatments next year. They are good for the mind, body and spirit!

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